If you have been reading here for a while, you would know that i have been trying to make some significant changes in my lifestyle, switching to low waste eco-friendly products.
I am going to be honest here, I feel that this is probably the easiest zero waste swap here: the switch from a liquid hand soap or body wash that comes in a plastic bottle to a good old-fashioned bar of soap that we all have used traditionally.
+ A year ago we made the switch from liquid body wash/ shower gels to a simple minimally packaged bar of soap, which has honestly really helped in eliminating a lot of unnecessary plastic waste from our daily lives (probably around 10-15 bottles of plastic a year).
This is probably our favorite swap at home because we have had the opportunity to try some amazing organic & naturally made soap bars that we honestly didn’t know existed till last year. On top of that, soap bars have become really easy to find these days, in nearby grocery stores as well as online. The first soap that we used last year was brought from a medium fancy grocery store nearby (Fresh Thyme) that caught our attention for their natural calming qualities and scents.
+ Our first few favorites soaps were lavender, mint and orange peel that we used over & over again.
I want to share a few changes that i have experienced ever since we made this switch:
+ The all-natural organic soaps that we have used so far & still do, feels great on the skin. I have never felt like this even while using shower gels & body washes from well renowned brands to be honest (Bath & Body works, Victoria’s Secrets, Olay etc). I have been seriously questioning myself for not using soaps all these years.
+ They are rich & moisturizing, my skin being very dry & itchy feels so much better than last year.
+ These soaps have made shower time quite relaxing & healing. The gentle calming scents feels like little luxuries of life really.
+ We certainly love trying out new kinds, new scents and there’s a little excitement every time we use a new bar of soap.
When i first started looking into my plastic consumption, I realized that the Kitchen and Bathroom were two main areas contributing to most of the plastic waste and once i made a list of all the things that we wanted to change, this was the first & foremost thing we did. I seriously think that this has been the easiest switch for us and most enjoyable one.
A few things to keep in mind while switching to soap bars and buying:
+ Although soaps are easily available these days in grocery stores, retail stores etc, try and find ones package-free ones. The ones that come wrapped in paper packaging has a thin layer of plastic lined on the inside which often makes it difficult to recycle.
If package-free ones are not available at your nearby stores, there are a lot of brands online for organic, eco-friendly options easily available on Amazon as well.
+ Find organic, all natural ones. Not all soaps are sustainable. Even the package-free ones shown in the pictures may contain Palm oil, which unfortunately i discovered quite late after already buying three of these. Anyway, lesson learnt!
+ Always use a soap dish, preferably a slatted or draining one to drain excess water between uses and keep them from being slimy & mushy but also retain some moisture. I honestly really liked the ones i found from Aspen Kay Naturals.
+ You could also use a soap bag and hang it in the shower area to save space. The soap bags could also be used to carry soaps while traveling.
+ Soaps are also available in bulk. In case you find something you like, you could always opt for bulk and cut according to usage.
A few soap brands that we have tried and really loved : Aspen Kay Naturals, Fresh Thyme.
If you are in India, i came across some brands on Instagram that have been taking great initiatives to create zero waste products for everyday use.
You can check IDAM LIFE for their range of all-natural organic soaps, SOAP WORKS INDIA for cold-pressed soaps and shampoo bars and a lot more eco-friendly products. And CHENNAI SOAP COMPANY for their amazing range of organic handcrafted soaps.
I wanted to share about soaps in detail because in am aware not everyone feels that this is an easy swap. There’s some kind of dilemma that has been holding people back from making this zero waste switch. And who so ever is reading this, I hope this post helps!
I will be sharing more about such simple swaps every now & then that we all should be able to switch to without holding any kinds of doubts.
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